GLORY SIGN YOUNG SOCCEROOS GOALKEEPER

Perth Glory is pleased to announce the signing of 17 year old Young Socceroos Goalkeeper, Jordan Thurtell, on a 2 year senior contract.

Perth Glory is pleased to announce the signing of 17 year old Young Socceroos Goalkeeper, Jordan Thurtell, on a 2 year senior contract.

The highly rated and sought after Queensland born keeper, who has represented Australia at Under 17s level, has spent the past 2 years at the Australian Institute of Sport, in Canberra.

Over the past 12 months, Thurtell, who turns 18 next week, has broken into the Young Socceroos, has played alongside Danny De Silva, and a number of Glory-s other young players during the Under 17s World Cup qualifiers, and is looking to cement his position in the squad for October's AFC Under-19 championship, in Myanmar, a tournament that also doubles as qualification for the 2015 Under 20s World Cup in New Zealand.

New Glory Goalkeeper Coach, Danny Milosevic, is delighted to have strengthened the Club-s goalkeeper stocks and keen to work with Thurtell.

“I've been following Jordan-s performances in the AIS and Australian National Youth Team for a number of years. He possess a high technical ability with both feet, good shot stopping ability and very good reflexes and I am confident that he will be an asset for Perth Glory. I've received nothing but positive feedback from all the coaches that have been involved with him.”

“He is only young but he has a desire to learn and a very strong work ethic which will hold him in good stead as he continues his goalkeeping education and tries to establish himself as a future A-League goalkeeper” Milosevic added.

Thurtell, who was presented with his Perth Glory shirt at his first training session yesterday by Danny Milosevic said, “I am excited and thrilled to be signing my first professional contract and to be involved with Perth Glory. When I was approached by the Club, it wasn't a hard decision and I couldn't wait to get over here and start training with the team.”

“To be able to train with Danny Vukovic and Jack Duncan and to be coached by Danny Milosevic is such a great opportunity. I've been fortunate to play with Danny De Silva and several of the other young Perth Glory players in the Joeys and have heard nothing but positives about the Club and the direction they are heading” Thurtell added.

Perth Glory CEO, Jason Brewer, congratulated Thurtell on signing his first professional contract and on joining Perth Glory.

"It-s a huge step for Jordan to sign his first professional contract and it-s great to be able to attract such a talented young player like him to the Club. We continue to be focused on developing and attracting the best young West Australian and Australian players to Glory and in providing a pathway for the best young players to develop into A-League players and beyond.”

Thurtell joined up with his new Perth Glory team mates at training yesterday and is in consideration to play in a number of Glory-s preseason matches over the next few months.